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I have three different areas (shower, bath floor, kitchen floor) that need grout cleaning and/or regrouting and possibly coloring & sealing of existing grout. I'm not exactly sure what the best solutions are.  We've used Grout Doctor in the past and were very unsatisfied with the results.  Does anyone have suggestions or recommendations?   Many thanks!

Real Estate & Home Improvement / Rug cleaning for Moroccan rug
« on: February 25, 2019, 04:03:36 PM »
Hi, I have a beautiful Moroccan rug which I have had cleaned yearly by a service, but I haven't been all that happy with the results. Does anyone have a rug cleaning service that does these types of rugs and which they are happy with? Many thanks.

Hi, can anyone recommend a window washing service for exterior windows? (We're on the third floor - windows can be removed by a knowledgeable person if necessary.)

Also, we're looking to install soundproof windows -- I've looked at Citiproof -- wondering if anyone has experience with them or another company they liked?



Pets and Animals / Cat Shelves Free! Original cost: $872
« on: February 17, 2018, 10:07:37 AM »
I have a large number of brand-new cat shelves custom-made by Feline Kingdom. Solid wood, sturdy. Contains 7 kitty perches, 3 large curved shelves with sisal, 2 kitty walkways. Never used. Purchased on Etsy from FelineKingdom12

These sweethearts lost their mom unexpectedly, and we want to help find them a loving home. Read about them below, and if you know of a good family for them, let us know!....

Banjo and moon are closely bonded brothers that were adopted from the ASPCA last year. They are six years old and they love people. Banjo is especially friendly and climbs in your lap as soon as he meets you and loves belly rubs. Moon is friendly too, though a tad more independent. They are tiny - about 7 pounds each. They must be indoor cats. They are healthy and eat Prescription Diet food. They are a type of polydactyl - they have a few extra toes which just makes them cuter.

We have a lot of cat “accessories” – a practically new cat tree, food bowls, litter boxes, lots of toys, and even cat shelves which were never installed. The cats also have pet insurance which can be directly transferred to the new owner(s) if they want.

I have one of those old vertical heating pipes in my bathroom which has layer upon layer of peeling paint. It's pretty unsightly. Ideally I would love to have it scraped and repainted (the right way, with heat resistant paint), but a) I don't know where to find a person qualified to do this; and b) I'm concerned about lead paint. 

I've heard there are ways to cover these pipes with a radiator-type cover or something else. Does anyone have any knowledge of this?  ???

- Deborah

Neighborhood Chat / Designated quiet hours in co-ops gardens?
« on: April 16, 2017, 12:09:46 PM »
Hi, I'm curious if any other of the garden co-ops have designated quiet hours (aside from the usual nighttime hours.)  We have had a lot of families with young children move in during the last few years and, unfortunately, some of them are very inconsiderate about using this shared space, letting their kids run around shrieking at the top of their lungs for hours on end. (And, frankly, some parents are obnoxious when politely asked to please either get their kids to quiet down or take them to the playground or playstreet.) One suggestion I would like to bring to the board is the idea of having designated garden quiet hours. For example, on a holiday, quiet hours from 3-7, or on evenings from 6-8, when residents may be having dinner. This allows family time in the garden but also quiet time when other residents can open their windows and enjoy some peace and quiet.

I'm wondering what others either think of this idea or if other coops have done anything like this. While there is an "excessive noise" clause in the house rules, it is not observed or enforced. (I have tried.)  Any thoughts?

I've seen a lot of posts in the past looking for good housecleaning services. I wanted to recommend Apple Eco-Cleaners, which I've used twice so far. They use all-natural products, are extremely professional, and do a great job.


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Neighborhood Chat / Donating eyeglasses?
« on: November 15, 2009, 01:21:13 PM »
Anyone know where there is a dropoff to donate old eyeglasses around here? I know there is one, but can't seem to remember where!



Neighborhood Chat / Man going through mail trash at 78th/35th
« on: April 11, 2008, 09:23:06 AM »
Last night, as I was coming home at close to midnight, I passed a man on the sidewalk on the southeast corner of 78th St. and 35th Avenue, who appeared to be going through and reading the mail out of someone's trash. He had a suitcase with him. I couldn't see him well, it was dark, but he appeared to be fairly well dressed.

I was concerned, but did not feel comfortable stopping and asking him what he was doing. I thought about calling the police, but also felt that might have been overkill, given that nothing violent was going on.

What should I have done in this situation? I am worried that this person was trying to find out information to be used in fraud/identity theft. I really felt at a loss.

Thank you,


Neighborhood Chat / JH Mention in Sorkin's Farnsworth Invention
« on: January 12, 2008, 10:04:20 AM »
Went to see "The Farnsworth Invention" on Broadway last night. There is mention in the play of the Queensboro Corporation's radio ad for Hawthorne Court!

Neighborhood Chat / Exercise Buddy?
« on: December 29, 2007, 01:34:35 PM »
Hi, I belong to EFN Fitness, the gym on 79th/Roosevelt (notice I said "belong," as opposed to "go to"  :)

and I would love to find a workout buddy or two for the new year. I'm also doing Weight Watchers online. Or at least that's the theory. I need to at least 20 lbs, doctor's orders. I work 9-5 so I'd be looking at early a.m., evenings or weekends.



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